Last year during the holidays I started a new tradition. After reading this message, would you take a moment to join me for it this year?
Out of the hundreds of people who have been remembered at vigils along this walk route, there have been four vigils at which the loved ones of the victims have been present. At all vigils we’ve remembered those who’ve suffered the worst fate that comes from hate people face based on their perceived or actual gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation – murder or suicide. But at these four vigils, something rooted deep in my soul. Each time I looked a victim’s loved ones in the eyes, the gravity of their loss became painfully real.
At these vigils, victim’s loved ones have shared how filled with love and light their baby was, how much it still hurts, stories about their child/uncle/brother/sister/cousin/friend/ lover, and so much more.
Specifically, they’ve talked about…
Joey’s beautiful two spirited nature.
The way Ryan Z. wanted to be remembered.
Their beautiful Troy Boy.
The endearing nature of Ryan S.’s World.
Today, I will light a candle and hold a moment of silence to remember specifically Joey Harris, Ryan Zicha, Troy Clattenburg-Martinez, Ryan Skipper, and all of their loved ones. I will also remember everyone I don’t know who has suffered from this kind of hate.
Would you join me today by doing the same?
Sending light and love to all.
I’m almost done with this 6,000-mile step-by-step walk for gender and sexual orientation equality! Check out these links for some important information.
TRANSITIONING BACK TO NEW YORK CITY
JOIN ME ON FEBRUARY 23 IN WASHINGTON, DC FOR FINAL DAY OF WALK EVENTS!
For those not on Facebook, here is the info on the February 23rd events.
Join Alan Bounville as he completes the 6,000-mile Into the Light Walk in Washington, DC on February 23, 2013.
The walk will conclude near the National Mall and will include a press conference followed by a vigil remembering the countless numbers of people who have been murdered or who have taken their own lives due to hate based on their perceived or actual gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Following the vigil, participants are invited to a nearby location for a post-walk celebration.
Specific press conference/vigil location, press release, and post-walk celebration details will be disseminated soon. Feel free to start spreading the word now though to individuals and news outlets whom you feel may want to attend or cover this event.
For those who would like to walk the final miles with Alan into Washington DC or help organize this event, please email your intention to email@example.com.
Thank you to everyone who has either virtually or actually walked with me this past year and a half. Together we are transforming the world!
Alan L. Bounville
An older man in a pick-up truck pulled over today and asked me in a thick Tennessee drawl, “Are you picking up kids?” Stunned a bit, I said in reply, “Excuse me?” I heard him right the second time as he slowly repeated, “I said are you picking up cans?” “Ha ha. No. I’m walking across the country.” “Oh. OK then.” And he was off.
Here’s a list of some more things people think I’m doing while pushing Equality Cart:
SELLING ICE CREAM
One time while I was walking at night out west somewhere and a guy yelled from his house, which was set back quite a ways, “What you selling? Ice cream?” With the cars whizzing by, I had him repeat himself three or four times before I understood him.
In Georgia, I was walking through a neighborhood and saw two children playing ball in the front yard of a house. As soon as one of the kids saw me they ran to the door of the house exclaiming in a high-pitched voice, “Mom, the ice cream man is here! The ice cream man is here!”
Once I was walking by a junk store or thrift store, sometimes out here I can’t tell which is which. A guy stopped me as I walked by and asked if I was here to sell him some stuff.
WHAT YOU SELLING?
Once a passenger in a car that was passing me by yelled out the window, “What ya selling?” I yelled back, “Equality!”
NOW, A QUESTION FOR YOU…
In which state have I been asked multiple times if I’m selling Sno Cones?
I’m trying to find a way to get to Orlando for the holidays for two reasons – 1. Because my niece is having major surgery this coming week so I’d like to do my part and help out as needed and 2. Because I would like to be with my family on Christmas day.
Travelling is so expensive. I’m hoping someone might see this message who may know people going from eastern TN/western NC down to or near Orlando, FL on or around the 16th of December (that’s this weekend!) and back up this way after the 25th.
I have a donor lined up to help with some gas money. I just need to find someone or maybe a couple rides (one down and one back) so I make this wish a reality.
Thank you for helping me with this request.
Alan L. Bounville
Walker for Equality